Formatting Report Items (Report Builder and SSRS)

Formatting the items in your report makes the report look more attractive and enhances its readability. You can format the text boxes and individual items within text boxes, the images, the expressions, and the data while in report design mode.


A. Text box with a double-line border and a variety of formatting styles, including a link.

B. Text box with a dashed border and raw HTML and rendered HTML.

C. Text box in with a text label and a placeholder.

You can change formatting options by selecting the item that you want to format and then opening the item's Properties dialog box. For example, if you want to format the contents of an entire text box or a selected word within the text box, right-click the item and select Text Box Properties. Then, you can apply the formatting styles that you want.

To quickly get started, see Tutorial: Format Text (Report Builder).


You can create and modify report definitions (.rdl) in Report Builder and in Report Designer in SQL Server Data Tools. Each authoring environment provides different ways to create, open, and save reports and related items. For more information, see Designing Reports in Report Designer and Report Builder (SSRS) on the Web at

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